How to Avoid Getting a Cold this Fall


Is there really a way to avoid getting a cold? At PALO, we’ve put our heads together to find the best, all-natural way to stay mucous-free this fall!

How do you know when summer is over? Is it when the first cool gust of wind prompts you to wrap up in your favorite hoodie? Is it seeing the first yellow leaf at the park?


Nope. It’s when you get the sniffles. All of a sudden, tanks and tees are replaced with scarves hats, the ice is promptly removed from tea, and you sit at home with yet another cold as your friends drink pumpkin beers and roast marshmallows on the weekend.


Why do we ALWAYS seem to get sick at one of the BEST times of the year? It’s so annoying! And is there anything we can do to stop it?


There may be no cure for the common cold, but there are a lot of things we can do to prevent it. If you’d rather spend this autumn pumpkin carving, apple picking, and designing your killer Halloween costume than sneezing and hacking your way into oblivion, then read on.


Getting a Cold: Your Least Favorite Autumn Tradition


Year after year, cold after cold. Ugh! Why does this ALWAYS happen! You’d think your body would learn after the first few rounds, but just as sure as the leaves change color, that cold always comes back.


Why do we always get colds at this time of year? As it turns out, there is one important reason, and knowing what that reason is can help you avoid getting a cold altogether.


Are you ready? (Drumroll) The reason we get colds is that the weather gets cold!


We know what you’re thinking: “Duh, we knew that. Mom always said we’d get sick if we went outside without a jacket.”


No offense to your mom or anything, but that’s actually a common misconception. We don’t get sick from being cold. Instead, we get sick from the invisible creepy-crawly things that begin to flourish when the temperature drops. These include:


  • The rhinovirus and coronavirus: These majestic sounding viruses are the leading causes of the common cold.
  • The flu virus: Wonder why no one gets the flu in the summer? This virus can replicate and spread only when the weather is cool and dry (so get vaccinated!).
  • Allergens: Many people believe they have a nasty cold when they are actually suffering from seasonal allergies (which can be just as bad). The wet, cool conditions of autumn are perfect for mold spore growth. These spores spread rapidly as the leaves they grow on fall from the trees and bluster across town.


If you thought Halloween was scary, ghosts and ghouls have nothing on the invisible micro-monsters bombarding us everywhere we go. Luckily, you don’t need holy water or a wooden stake to keep them away. Let’s look at the best ways to avoid getting a cold this fall without emptying your bank account or using any risky chemicals.


All-Natural Ways to Avoid Getting a Cold


A spooky costume isn’t all you’re going to need this autumn; it’s time to suit up and strut out wearing your immune system armor. Here’s how to put it on and keep it there.


So Fresh and So Clean


After a summer of hikes, beaches, doggy play dates, backyard BBQs and more, we start to feel invincible and may forget the simple value of washing our hands after touching something that may carry a virus or bacteria. In the summer, many of these harmful things are nowhere to be found. In the autumn, everything changes. Remember that the key to staying healthy is to wash your hands often and correctly. If you don’t know exactly when to wash, start by doing so before each meal. This is the best way to avoid getting a cold!


Keep Moving


When the weather gets cooler, we tend to slow down, sleep in, and get out the lazy sweats and yoga pants. But hold up! It’s not winter yet, which means you have to keep moving to keep your system strong! Exercising in the autumn is crucial to maintaining a healthy immune system. And it doesn’t hurt that you’ll be showing up to Thanksgiving dinner looking more cut than the turkey! Speaking of that…


Hold off on the Holiday Eating


Yeah. We all know how this one goes, and we’re not going to pretend we won’t be gorging ourselves on turkey and Christmas ham too. But, there’s no reason to start the munching too early. A drop in temperature can cause the body to desire more fatty, sugary, and carb-rich foods to prepare for the winter. If you want to avoid getting a cold this year, try your best to fight these urges (exercising will help!).


These foods won’t just make your belly bulge. They also lack the significant number of vitamins and minerals that you were slamming in fresh salads and cool smoothies all summer. In autumn, your immune need those nutrients more than ever, so keep the fruits and veggies coming.


PALO Pro Tip: If you’re just not craving salads, switch to warm and hearty soups!


Rock those Vitamins


Did somebody say vitamins and minerals? At PALO, we’re crazy about nutrition, but we know it can be hard to get all the nutrients you need in the right amounts every day. Taking a supplement with the exact vitamins and minerals your body needs to boost your immune system can do wonders towards preventing illness. Immunity-boosting supplements should include these basic nutrients:


  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Echinacea


PALO Pro Tip:  A supplement isn’t a substitute for eating healthy. Rather, it gives you a balanced base of goodness from which to build your diet on.


Sweet Dreams


Your immune system can’t do much for you if you don’t get enough shut-eye.


“Finally, an easy one! I love sleeping!”


That’s what we thought too, but between school starting, approaching year-end deadlines, and plenty of fall holidays to disrupt our normal schedules (Labor Day, Columbus Day, Halloween, National Pumpkin Day on Oct. 26th, otherwise known as Best Holiday Ever), sleeping and napping this season doesn’t come as easy as you’d think.


Don’t forget to give your immune system the time it needs to recharge to full each night. You might be able to milk your iPhone battery when it’s at 20%, but unfortunately, our bodies don’t have a low-power mode!


PALO Pro Tip: For more on how to get great sleep all year round, check out our articles on sleep and healthy rest! 


It’s Time to Take Back Fall!


Now that you know how to avoid getting a cold this autumn, it’s time to live healthy, live happy, and take back the most beautiful time of year from all of those microscopic baddies! We recommend baking an apple pie, hitting a few creepy haunted houses, and taking a trip to see the trees lit up with a rainbow of autumn colors (just don’t jump in the leaf pile! Spores galore!). Happy Autumn!